Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Weekly La Conner High Sports capsule, Jan. 26, 2010

Braves Raves

By Amylynn Richards
The All-State Soccer teams were announced on Monday, Jan. 24. Selected for the 2010-2011 2B All-State First Team are Kelsey Crawford, forward and Sydney Hartwick, midfield. Selected for Second Team are: Nikki Finley, forward and Sammie Messman, defender. “I am very proud of this year’s results,” says girls soccer coach Amy Freeto, “This is the most players that we have ever had representing us on both first and second teams and this is a great final accolade for the season!”
On Tuesday, Jan. 18, the girls hosted Friday Harbor; the Wolverines won 46-38. “The first half of basketball was the best half we have played this year; we were up 1 at halftime,” reports Coach Marla Quesnell, “The second half we struggled from the field a bit.  It was disappointing to lose, but I was thrilled at times with the execution on offense and aggressiveness on defense.”
Team highlights: Nikki Finley was the team’s high scorer with 12 points; Priscilla Ponce-Venegas had 7 rebounds; and Kelley McClung had 6 rebounds.
On Friday, Jan. 21, Cedar Park Christian hosted the Braves. The Braves won 48-26. Coach Quesnell was pleased with the good team effort, and that every team member had the chance to play. Team highlights: Samie Miller was the Braves’ high scorer with 16 points; and Aubrey Stewart had 6 rebounds.
The boys hosted Friday Harbor on Tuesday, Jan. 18. The game was much anticipated by Braves sports fans; both teams were undefeated prior to the game. The Braves took down the Wolverines 72-38. Team highlights: Mike Wilbur and Landy James tied for high scorers, each put 13 points on the score board; and DJ Carr scored 12 points and made six rebounds.
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, the boys traveled to Cedar Park and came home with a 67-35 win. Brave highlights: Landy James scored 25 points; Garrett Wilbur, 11 points; Sten Mejlaender, 8 rebounds; and DJ Carr pulled down 8 rebounds.
The boys were cheered on to a 64-42 victory over Chief Leschi by a “Monster Band” with more than 100 young musicians lead by Brave band leader Brian Fraser. Fraser had filled nearly half the stands with band members from six area high schools.
During the game, Mike Wilbur excelled, racking up 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Landy James scored 17 points; DJ Carr 6 had rebounds; and Kyle McKnight, 4 rebounds.
The Braves are 8-0 in league and 12-2 overall.
The Braves hosted Concrete and Darrington on Thursday, Jan. 20. Darrington won 60-24 against the Braves, and Concrete won 57-18.  Scoring for the Braves were Hunter Johnson by forfeit versus Darrington,  Ashley Norton with a pin versus  Concrete, Dahlton Zavala and Dan Biladeau with two pins each, and Cameron Wischhusen who won by injury default versus Concrete and by pin versus  Darrington.   
On Saturday,  Jan. 21, nine Braves competed among  16 larger school junior varsity teams at the Lake Stevens Cavelero Tournament. La Conner was the only 2B team in attendance. Most all weight brackets were complete, with sixteen wrestlers competing for first, second and third places. 
The Braves earned third place overall, just behind Lake Stevens and Snohomish high schools.
“We were without several of our team members due to injuries,” reports Coach Mike Compton, “the kids wrestled very well and we came home with two Champions: Travis Silva and Cameron Wischhusen. Silva ad Wischhusen each earned the championship by taking down four opponents by pin.  Dahlton Zavala won second place; Dan Biladeau, William Zeimantz and Nathan Parker placed third in their divisions; and Sid Lease and Robert Duckworth earned fifth overall.
With many athletes performing so well under the pressure of much larger teams, Coach Compton had a difficult time choosing the wrestler of the week. Ultimately, Coach Compton chose Dahlton Zavala becauseDalton had a great week with two pins on Thursday and three first round pins on Saturday before finishing second” overall.

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